Coopers Tourmaster Managing Director, John Cooper, said: “We needed a new vehicle for our business and due to our experience with the company over the last few years, Volvo was the only choice for us.
“We have operated a mixed fleet for many years but the outstanding service from the Volvo team especially Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Manager, Jo Standbridge, has ensured that our last three coach purchases have all been Volvo.
“We also have an excellent relationship with our local Volvo Bus dealership in Blyth, who offer incredible back up and support when needed, offering us a dedicated technician, Darren Waterstone, who can be with us in half an hour if needed ensuring our coaches are back on the road as soon as possible and this was another key reason for going with Volvo again this time.
“We needed a quality vehicle that would be reliable, fuel efficient, had a strong kerb appeal and was slightly shorter than an average coach making it easier to navigate on narrower roads.”
Jo Standbridge, said: “We are delighted to supply Coopers Tourmaster with a new Volvo B8R SC5 coach, and confident that our reliable vehicles and aftersales service will keep bringing them back to us again in the future.
“The Volvo B8R Euro 6 chassis combined with the Sunsundegui SC5 bodywork, offers the best in fuel efficiency and versatile operation, but even with a shorter wheel base, it still has a surprisingly spacious interior.”
Volvo describes the B8R SC5 as being the perfect tourer for both UK and continental travel. Available with 39 seats and being just over 10 metres in length, its superior manoeuvrability makes it suitable for both inner city use as well as in the open countryside and more challenging terrain.
John Cooper, added: “Jo Standbridge was, as always, excellent to deal with throughout the whole negotiation and purchasing process, she was extremely supportive and knowledgeable recommending the B8R SC5 and it certainly fits our requirements.
“We are looking forward to taking delivery of our new coach in April. With Volvo Bus you get the complete package and we would have no hesitation specifying another Volvo in the future and recommending it to other operators out there.”
Coopers Tourmaster is a family owned and run business that has been established for 63 years. One of the leading coach and tour operators in the North of England the company offers vehicles for touring and private hire.
Notes to editors
Model Volvo B8R Coach
Body specification Sunsundegui SC5
Engine Volvo D8K350 6cyl Euro 6 engine.
Transmission Volvo I-shift 12 speed gearbox or ZF Ecolife 6 speed automatic gearbox.
Dimensions Height 3.5m Width 2.55m Length 10.3m
Fuel tank 400 litres
Technical standard European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.
Safety features Emergency exits on body roof. Luggage locker with access in both sides by pneumaticly operated doors. Security system. Driver’s support system Braking system EBS with ESP.
Air conditioning Roof mounted Carrier 353 A/C and heating with automatic control
Audio/Visual Touchscreen Sony system incorporating radio/CD/DVD and USB.
Front mounted 19” LED flatscreen and reversing camera with dash mounted monitor
Additional features - Front pneumatic and rear offside continental pneumatic doors
- Rear saloon toilet (optional)
- Tip-up front bumper and wheelarch panels for access
- Acoustic and thermal insulation
- Separate heating and ventilation system for driver and guide
- Heating system by convectors
- Halogen head light, fog light and day running lights
- Internal LED indirect lighting
- Individual lights LED
- Alcoa Dura-Bright alloys
- Carpets to gangways and all entrances
- 2 Electrical de-misting rear-view mirrors
- Front decency screen mounted fridge unit
- Drivers safe
- Air horns
- Side position lights and high level stop and indicator lights at rear (LED)
- Luggage capacity 6m3